The rapid proliferation of computers and Internet
access in the corporate and home user environment, coupled with
the technical and complex nature of this technology, has presented
a growing challenge to users of all levels. This article will focus
on the Microsoft Windows environment, but the principals apply to
all Operating Systems.
In the beginning …
It is not our intent to encompass advanced technical details, we
will only outline the procedures we feel are necessary for everyone
to practice safe computing
. We will provide links to resources
which will offer a more in-depth detail when available and appropriate.
From the moment you unpack a new PC, security must be your first
and foremost concern (see this article
Before you power up your new PC and connect to the Internet, perform
these minimum steps
Read the literature that came with your
computer. You don't have to make it a crash course in computer technology,
but familiarize yourself with the operating instructions and the
software package(s) that came bundled with your particular machine.
Power-up your computer. Make certain
that the Anti-Virus software which came with your PC is loaded and
running, if not, start the program. Follow any instructions given;
if asked to register the program or update the software, choose
to do it at a later date or whatever similar option the software
provides. Since you are not connected to the Internet you cannot
perform these functions online at this time. If your computer did
not come with antivirus, purchase an antivirus
and install it yourself.
If you are using Windows XP, activate
the Internet Connection Firewall
service that is provided
with XP (more on
). Instructions can usually be found in your Owners
Manual, your computers Help and Support files or from the Microsoft
. (Note: If you are in a corporate environment, your
network connection may already be protected. Always check with your
Network Administrator before adding any new hardware or software.
If your computer is running Windows® 98, Windows® 95, or
Windows NT® 4.0, Microsoft does not provide a built-in firewall,
so you will be required to install a third-party hardware or software
. It is highly
recommended that you have a firewall
installed before connecting to the Internet; this is especially
true for high speed broadband users.
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